Harbourside is closer
THE Harbourside project has gained momentum, with consultants appointed to prepare a draft masterplan to turn Coffs Harbour's Jetty and harbour precinct into an area for 'family, fun, jobs, culture and the environment.'
And to keep things moving, the council also voted to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the NSW Department of Lands, which controls most of the land immediately around the harbour, over the development of the draft masterplan.
Coffs Harbour mayor Cr Keith Rhoades said entering into this memorandum of understanding was a tremendous step forward for the city, coming as a result of extensive meetings and negotiations between all levels of council staff and the Department of Lands.
"Both parties have now made a commitment to work closely together to plan the future of the Harbourside area, and will share the cost of doing so," he said.
General manager Mark Ferguson said the new developments signified the start of the process which would eventually produce a revised vision for the Harbourside precinct.
Pittendrigh Shinkfield Bruce (PSB) was chosen as the preferred consultants from a shortlist of three firms, which was culled from a total of 21 responses to the project brief.
"The project's management team felt that PSB included the widest range of professional skills as well as having extensive experience in coastal and harbour-related developments such as Woollongong Harbour," Mr Ferguson said.